Tonya and Peter Get Married!

wedding date: May 22, 2011

venue: Appleford Estate

It seems to be a tradition.  Every year, on May 22nd, we are working a wedding at Appleford.  Last year, Tasha worked with Jasmine, and this year, we got to work with Tonya!  This wedding was very special to us because she found us through her friend, Angela.  It was great to see so many familar faces at Tonya and Peter’s wedding!

Tonya was looking for a coordinator because she had so many great ideas but needed help executing them.  From tissue paper pom poms to krispy kreme donuts, a blue vintage desk, and fun lawn games, it was important to her that these all be set up.  The Appleford Estate is beautiful as is, but with the pops of color she chose, it really livened up the venue.  Through various set ups throughout the space, guests really had the opportunity to explore the grounds and take in the beauty of the venue.

We first started off on the side lawn overlooking a tiny stream.  One of Tonya’s background was Indian, so she had Margaux of Fleur De Lis create a birch tree interpretation of the mandap.  VIPs (such as immediate family) sat in the front, next to the mandap.

Tonya and Peter are members of the Episcopalian church in Philadelphia, so the pastor from The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rev. Neale, officiated.

Before the ceremony started however, they kicked off the party right, with some donuts and beverages, like french pressed coffee.

Don’t those glazed donuts look divine?  I’m proud to say I did not cave and eat any!

Tonya created color programs – in torquise and purple. 

Yes, that is a gold heat embossed stamp that was hand stamped by the bride!

After the ceremony, guests were escorted up through the rose garden where they were greeted by a beautiful vintage table that was painted and repurposed by Tonya’s best friend.

On the table, family wedding photos were displayed along with their wedding witness signatures.

After guests signed, they were invited to some lawn games, or chess in the side balcony, or to just walk around and enjoy pictures of their friends and family and their beautiful dogs.

I thought this was a great representation of the full times of their wedding:

The brunch was actually a seated tasting menu, prepared by Peach Tree and Ward.

Beautiful table scape! I love that the couple was not afraid of color, and this was a beautiful color scheme.

Their cake, provided by Tartes Bakery, was so adorable.  I gingerly placed those cute birdies on the cakes.  Phew! But totally worth it; how adorable!

And the beautiful couple enjoying their first dance.  Look how in love they are! 

and here are some more details and pics of the newlyweds!

This was one of my favorite details.  Liz was a good friend of the couple, who had recently passed away after battling breast cancer.  I actually remember her from Angela and Matt’s wedding.  In her memory, they had a table where guests can take some cool gifts in rememberance of Liz.   You can learn more here: http://ww5.komen.org/

In the background of the picture above, you can see some pillows that Tonya’s friend made!  He also made large window seat cushions too.  Super comfy and added great pops of color!

I loved all the bridesmaids dresses.  I am a fan of same color but different dresses.  It add a little something chic to the wedding, and also the girls are much more comfortable in dresses they find that would fit their bodies best.  I thought these ladies looked stunning!

Tonya and Peter ended their Sunday brunch wedding by being sent off by their friends and family as they rolled away in a handsome Rolls Royce. 

Special thanks our new friend and great photopher Jonathan of JDN Photography!

Additional wedding professionals:

Day of coordination: cHill Weddings – Christina with Tasha for the assist

String quartet and DJ: EBE

Limo: Secrets

Tux: Sagets Formal Wear

Hair: Bella by Design

For previous post with more pictures: http://chillweddings.com/2011/05/sneak-peek-of-tonya-and-peters-wedding/